2003 Ford Focus Overview

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LX
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188 national listings
SE Wagon
Avg. Price: $4,834
ZTS
57 national listings
ZTW Wagon
24 national listings
ZX3
90 national listings
ZX5
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45 stars

Based on 91 reviews

Brilliant Euro Hot Hatch by Shaun
 — Where can I start? The 2003 Focus ZX5 is a complete solid car that can bring joy to anybody. First, the performance: The 2.0 litre, 4 cylinder, DOHC, Zetec engine produces 135 BHP and is fairl... Read More
A Great Beater, Or Family Car. Economical. With A Little Speed. by Richard
 — Was a cheap beater, got from my sister, it was driven pretty much 24/7 for 2 years. with virtually no maintence. a few oil changes, new plug wires, a thermostat, and tires. it's never failed to start.... Read More
Awesome Little Car by emgriggs887
 — Performance was a little weak with these cars, however, handling more than made up for the lack of horsepower, I could take sharp turns with a recommmended speed of 35 going 65 - 70 mph easily, buildi... Read More

2003 Ford Focus Overview

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2003 Ford Focus

The 2003 Ford Focus continued to struggle with the line's reputation for quality issues and recalls. Despite its somewhat checkered history, the roomy interiors, smooth handling, and affordable price of the Focus line continued to appeal to American drivers looking for compact family transportation.

Buyers had a choice of several trims: the SE line, available in four-door wagon and sedan body models; a four-door LX sedan; and the performance-enhanced Z-line, which featured a two-door ZX3 hatchback, a four-door ZX5 hatchback, a four-door ZTS sedan and a four-door ZTW wagon.  (The Focus was also offered as an SVT performance model, which you'll find elsewhere on this site.)

The standard models of the 2003 Ford Focus had a 2.0 liter, four-cylinder Zetec engine, which produced 110 horsepower; the Z-line models offered an enhanced overhead-cam version, which packed a more impressive 130 horsepower.  Still, it wasn't power that was going to draw buyers to this line; value was the watchword that Ford emphasized in its marketing, and value was what people responded to.  

The 2003 Ford Focus gives good value at the pumps, too, with 21-27 mpg city, 25-36 mpg highway. It may not set your heart aflutter, but it's easy on the pocketbook!

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Ford Focus Questions

MacMorrigan
30

Need Help With Electrical Problem

I will try to make this as detailed as I can. I’m driving down the freeway at 40 mph in a bad snow storm. I turn on my lights and I loose my entire dashboard. Odometer, speedometer, gas gauge, ever...

9,491 views with 19 answers (last answer about a day ago)
Tae41
0

2003 Ford Focus Shuts Off When I Turn On The A/c

When ever I turn on the a/c the car will stall while im driving or shut off

31 views with 3 answers (last answer about a week ago)
Knelmapius
0

My Focus Has Started Shaking When In Idle And The Engine Stops...

any ideas on what my problem could be? Im not very good at this sort of stuff. If i put it in neutral and rev the engine then it keeps running, but if i leave it in gear at a light or stop sign the ...

7,771 views with 9 answers (last answer 2 weeks ago)
Paul Dunne
15

Gear Box Or Clutch

Hi all!I have a 2003, focus 2.0, 5 speed Zetec. PULP Prob: Always held revs for a sec after deceleration Gear clash in 2nd and 3rd on up or down shift Interventions: Put Nulon gear oil in b...

6,683 views with 19 answers (last answer 3 weeks ago)
Keecia Reid
0

Okay This Problem Has Happened One Time Before A Couple Of Months Ago With ...

And I come back out and it turns over but won't stay started unless I have my foot on the gas it is a 5 speed manual transmission anybody have and ideas

20 views with 3 answers (last answer about a month ago)